"Life is too short to make bad art."

Sunday, May 25, 2014

SpaceShip - ideas

I have been working on the requested tutorial about space, spaceships and sci-fi and thought I will post a quick status. It's just the first bits and pieces. The idea is similar to the guns and rifles tutorial - breaking up the spaceships into smaller, easier to create elements to build a 'spaceship construction kit'. 

I put together the first ships from a limited set of 'element'.

Let me know what you think.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Creating diamonds - in a quick and easy way

While still busy with a lot of other projects at the moment and a little bit stuck with the special tutorial on space / spaceships / galaxy backgrounds and the likes - here's a quick requested tutorial. 
I tried to make it as simple as possible, yet look somewhat convincing. 

One very helpful functionality for this tutorial is the snapping of nodes [%]. It allows you to snap nodes to other shapes [their nodes as well as their lines]. This makes it a lot easier to adjust the shapes we will create to stay inside with the facets of the diamond. 

This is the quick and dirty way. The lights and shadows of a diamond are somewhat more complex. 
If you want to go more realistic, check out reference images, look at the way the light breaks and adjust the white gradient shapes. Some might need to darken the stone rather than lighten it.  

I hope you have fun with this and maybe try out some other stone cutting shapes. Remember google images is your best friend when it comes to finding reference images or just to check if your idea of how it should look resembles the real thing. 

I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did finally writing something useful again.

Here is a quick test with a little bitmap magic, added layers for shine, a bit of star-burst and smaller sparkles.

Here's the download file:

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Yarrr! - BlockBuddies in Action


Philippe Simons from Volcano Mobile used the Pirate and the Zombies from the BlockBuddies for his game 'Yarrrr!'.
I added some matching UI and background elements to the game). 

It's a nice example of what can be done with the characters in a mobile game. 
Here are some screens:

and some video footage:

I hope you get to enjoy it as much as I did doing the art!

Don't ask me about my score - it's so bad that I don't dare telling. I wonder if I am now not just a 'bad player' but also an 'bad, old player with reflexes that show my age'... :)